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Year of the Pig at Oakland Museum and in SF!

Lunar New Year Sunday, February 10, 12–4 pm

OMCA will ring in the Year of the Pig with our 18th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration. Join us for a daylong festival celebrating the diverse Asian cultures represented in California with live music and dance performances, hands-on activities, and much more.

Easy to get to on BART, only one block away from 10th Street–Lake Merritt BART.

Lunar New Year – February 5 – marks the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar and is the biggest annual event celebrated by many Asian cultures including Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean. 

Most of the top traditions of Chinese New Year observed during the 15-day holiday serve one purpose: to usher in a year of good fortune and prosperity.

The ancient Chinese lunar calendar, on which Chinese New Year is based, functioned as a religious, dynastic and social guide. Oracle bones inscribed with astronomical records indicate that the calendar existed as early as 14th century B.C., when the Shang Dynasty was ruling.

IN SAN FRANCISCO:  The 2019 Chinese New Year Parade is on Saturday, February 23. It starts at 5:15 pm at the corner of 2nd and Market Streets in San Francisco, and is one of the largest in the world. There will be lots of fun events for the lunar new year in both February and March. There are hundreds of lively parade entries! The parade includes several floats, the largest and most popular of which is the 28-foot-long Golden Dragon. It takes a team of more than 100 people to operate and move it through the streets of San Francisco. It then weaves its way through Chinatown and ends at Jackson and Kearny Streets. The parade usually ends around 8pm.

Get there early, take BART to the Montgomery station.

Oakland Museum of California.1000 Oak Street @ 10th Street–Lake Merritt BART

Israeli Holidays for Beginners

Takw a class on Jewish holidays to learn more. You will enjoy this free class offered by the SF JCC. There are many classes to choose from and the JCC is easy to get to get to. Home » Adult » Adult Classes » Jewish Culture & Thought » Advanced Modern Israeli Holidays for Beginners (AMIHFB)
The Jewish national calendar of Israel is populated by new holidays that Israel has placed at the center of our national and Jewish consciousness and which define and set aside the most significant time of the year in Israeli society. These holidays – bunched together within one week – are Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers) and Yom Haatzmaut (Independence Day). It would not be an exaggeration to say these three days together constitute the “High Holidays” season of Israeli life. To understand the kind of emotional response this dramatic week provokes, we will read some of the songs and poems that are traditionally sung and recited at public memorials and celebrations in Israel.

With Rabbi Zac Kamenetz
Zac wants to know ‘What good can I do in this world? What have folks before me tried?’ Most often, Zac looks to ancient Jewish sources of wisdom for inspiration to these questions, but he gets some help from Leonard Cohen, Mark Rothko, and his wife Jen, too. Zac received rabbinic ordination in Jerusalem, and has degrees from the University of Maryland and the Graduate Theological Union. As a native of a couple of coastal states, Zac is always ready to jump in the ocean. When you see him around the JCCSF, you should tell him about the last best bite of food you had.

Thursday, Apr 20
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Member fee: $ 0.00
Non-member fee: $ 0.00

Rooftop Gardens – Such a Fresh Way to Eat


Rooftop gardens are all over the SF Bay Area! We aren’t the only area…. you can find them all over, even in New York City. These min-farms provide a great access to fresh eggs and produce. They are fun too, and what better way to learn how things grow!

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  • Check out Brooklyn’s Eagle Street Rooftop Farm
  • Designs are becoming more innovative to protect the animals (chickens and rabbits) and provide a maximum growing area. Some gardens are almost entirely VERTICAL, imagine waterfalls of tomatoes…. cascading from a large pot higher above.
  • Some gardens are in tall buildings (very popular in denser areas or unstable climates) and this method provides a controlled climate and nutrients.
  • Nursery Seedlings and special varieties can help in the growing and yield process.

Check your community – there are often clubs and Facebook sites to help you get started and share advice!

YELP! has even helped out with a collection of gardens in the posts: The BEST ROOFTOP GARDENS IN SF  Small IS Beautiful!

There are also many events that are FARM TO TABLE if you’d like to get away to a B&B and see the large farms in action!


  The beautiful view from Libertyview Farm, a Hudson Valley Farm Wedding venue

San Francisco 2016 Film Night in the Park series

Thanks to the San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation, local donations and corporate donations too, the  2016 Film Night in the Park series continues.


Films are free of charge and projected on a giant outdoor screen. All shows begin at 8 pm or dusk and anyone who presents a Wells Fargo debit card at the concession booth will receive free popcorn.




Mark your calendars for the following movie showings:

  • Saturday, June 11  Pitch Perfect (2012) at Dolores Park
  • Saturday, July 23  Finding Nemo (2003) at Union Square
  • Saturday, August 13  The Goonies (1985) at Dolores Park
  • Saturday, August 27  Lost in Translation (2003) at Washington Square Park
  • Saturday, Sept. 10  The Devil Wears Prada (2006) at Union Square
  • Saturday, Sept. 10  The Devil Wears Prada (2006) at Union Square
  • Saturday, Sept. 24  Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) at Dolores Park

Arrive early, spread out a blanket, and picnic while enjoying a movie at one of San Francisco’s beautiful parks. Please avoid bringing chairs.

For more information visit Film Nights San Francisco’s website here.

Blue Orange Games

Here is a great local toy company with a commitment to quality. So, if you’ve been searching for a fun way to celebrate Earth Day, check out Blue Orange Games! They produce ONLY high-quality, long-lasting, eco-friendly games and they give back with a tree planting program.

They use durable materials such as non-toxic coatings; non-petroleum based plastic, recycled cardboard and wood and tin. After all, your kids will be chewing on these games, or maybe the puppy might take a nibble too!

And when they are sent to you, the games are self-contained, which decreases the amount of packaging.

On average, 35 games are created out of one tree; therefore Blue Orange Games is committed to replanting two trees for every one tree used in game construction.

FOR  Earth Day, have fun and play Gobblet, a game from the wooden collection or Trigger, one of their newest games.

If you lose a piece, that happens alot in our family, you’ll be glad to know that replacement parts are available. That is a smart idea!
Thanks Blue Orange Games,  your games are beautiful and well made!

Update for 2016:

BLUE ORANGE never stops…. there is a huge group of games and quality toys that are developed each year.  Take a look!   Here is a Catalog for retailers.


Blue Orange U.S.A.
1000 Illinois St
San Francisco, CA 94107

Ph (415) 252-0372


SHYP – Recycling with eBAY Made Easier!

*Do you have junk?   *Do you have Collectibles and wish you didn’t? 

eBay selling is now easier IF you live in San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles or New York.  SHYP does all the legwork, they will pickup, packup and send. NOW you have no excuses to declutter.

Enjoy this article on SHYP from Harry McCracken  Shyp’s eBay Integration Fixes A Major Hassle Of Making Money Off Your Unwanted Stuff

When I Google SHYPE, Google suggests SKYPE and will not give me results…. so you may still want a bit more information, go here ABOUT SHYP  which has been named #46 of Innovate Companies for 2016.

Twitter: @shyp
Instagram: @shyp
Facebook: Facebook.com/shyp
G+: +ShypApp

SF Spring Plant Sale Extravaganza in June

The San Francisco Spring Plant Sale Extravaganza is a collection of Spring plant shows and sales SATURDAY JUNE 11 in the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park.

Location is on 9th Ave and Lincoln Way
Time 9-5pm

This is an annual one day only Sale, featuring:

  • SF Begonia Society
  • SF Gesneriad Society
  • SF African Violet Society
  • SF Epiphyllum Society
  • SF Fuchsia Society
  • SF Rose Society
  • SF Dahlia Society
  • SFSU Friends of the Green House Exotics (FOTGH.org)
  • SF Aquarium Society
  • Laughing Lydia
  • Pottery and Glass Blowing Artists
  • EZ Mount Plan Hangers
  • Orchid Society of California
  • and many more, as well as other vendors and food and drinks.

On Saturday June 11 / Sunday June 12 at the Gallery in the Hall of Flowers 9-5

Annual Two Day SALE! Featuring the:

  • SF Succulent and Cactus Society
  • SF Bromeliad Society

and more

Each plant society involved is dedicated to education, culture, protection, and appreciation of plants all over the world. There are also many local growers and nurseries that feature particular types of plants that join this huge plant sale!  So regardless of if you are looking for a particular plant and/or society, this is the THE event to attend to find what you are looking for! Even if you do not know what you are looking for!    



Just so you know:

The San Francisco Orchid Society meets the 1st Tuesday of the Month 7-10pm in the County Fair Building at 9th Ave and Lincoln Way in SF

“Orchids in the Park”  event presented by the SF Orchid Society’s Summer Show and Sale is July 23 & 24 2016 10 – 5pm – Demos, Raffle, Admission $5 / 4 under 16 free.

Mother’s Day Weekend 2016 – –  Orchid Show and Sale May 7 & 8 Lakeside Park Garden Center 666 Bellevue Ave Oakland, CA 94610, FREE, displays, raffles

Out of this WORLD Orchids Saturday / Sunday March 5 & 6, presented by the Napa Valley Orchid Society Presents. 10-4pm  FREE, at the Napa Senior Activity Center, 1500 Jefferson Street, Napa CA 94559  For more information call (707) 252-4050  Orchids for sale, art, raffle, orchid supplies.


Austin Creek Orchidsaustincreekorchids.com

Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Societybacps.org

Cal West Tropical Supplycalwesttropical.com

California Native Plant Societycnps.org

California Rare Fruit Growerscrfg.org

Epiphyllum WorldEpiphyllumWorld.com

Geraniaceae (Geraniums) – geraniaceae.com

Lauging Lydia (Succulents)laughinglydia.com

Mycological Society of San Francisco (Mushrooms)mssf.org

Orchid Society of Californiaorchidsocietyofca.org

San Francisco African Violet Societysfafricanviolet.org

San Francisco Aquarium Societysfaquarium.org

San Francisco Begonia Societysfbegonia.org

San Francisco Dahlia Societysfdahlia.org

San Francisco Epiphyllum Societysfepi.org

San Francisco Fuchsia Societysffuchsia.org

San Francisco Gesneriad Societysfgesneriads.org

San Francisco Rose Societysfrosesociety.com

San Francisco Succulent and Cactus Societysfsucculent.org

San Francisco State University – Friends of the Greenhouse (Martin Grantham)fotgh.org

The Tiny Jungle (Orchids, Begonias, Gesneriads and more)thetinyjungle.com


Nature in the City: Earth Day Party | McCoppin Plaza


Price: free
When: April 22, 2015 – 12pm to April 22, 2015 – 5pm
Where: McCoppin Plaza
Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Nearest BART Station:
16th St. Mission (SF)

Join us for a simple day of nature. Plant the park, have a bite to eat, and slow down for a minute to observe. This will also be a fun, musical, hands-on, journalistic, adventurous day, when nature experts will share their knowledge and inspire us to discover local nature.

Nature in the City’s McCoppin Hub Plaza Earth Day
Presented by People in Plazas
Wednesday, April 22nd | Noon to 5pm
Valencia at McCoppin Street (one block south of Market)

Partners include: San Francisco Department of Environment’s Biodiversity Program and SF Plantfinder Database, Weaving Earth, Children in Nature Collaborative, and Children’s Day School with a special guest appearance by the resident Guadalupe Island Palms and their new neighboring plants: San Francisco native ceanothus, toyon, coast buckwheat, and ferns – who knew!

McCoppin Plaza
Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Nearest BART Station
16th St. Mission (SF)

Mt. Sutro and a Foggy Escape

Hiking in Mount Sutro Forest is a different experience than almost anywhere else in San Francisco. It’s heavily shaded under the tall trees. Looking up at the trees, some of which are 100-200 feet high, really gives a sense of being in an old, wonderful place. On a foggy day, it may be the most beautiful place in all the city. The mist wraps the tops of the trees towering overhead while you walk through the trails of a fresh wet forest in its self-contained rain. On weekdays, there  are usually few people around, so there’s a sense of splendid isolation amid towering misty trees.

   Hiking Details and Map.

How to get there:  From eastbound on Lincoln Way: Continue onto Frederick Street, Right Turn onto Stanyan Street, Park near 17th

Stanyan at 17th St.
San Francisco, California 94117

Movies at the Square and all over SF

FROZEN! is coming to Union Square. Bring a blanket.

2014 Film Night in the Park Schedule Presented by Wells Fargo

Saturday, June 14th, GHOSTBUSTERS (1984), Dolores Park

Saturday, July 12th, FROZEN (2013), Union Square

Saturday, August 2nd, CLUELESS (1995), Dolores Park

Saturday, August 23rd, BULLITT (1968), Union Square

Saturday, Sept. 6th, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2014), Wash.Sq. Park

Saturday, Sept. 27th, AMERICAN HUSTLE (2013), Dolores Park

About Film night in the Park:

Film Night in the Park is San Francisco’s premiere outdoor film series. Six film night screenings in 2012 were attended by almost 20,000 film-goers. Over 100,000 people have attended Film Night in San Francisco since 2003. Films are presented free of charge on a giant outdoor screen in beautiful park settings. Attendees are encouraged to picnic before screenings and are discouraged from bringing chairs.

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